Chamber Music & Orchestras

Piano Chamber Music

Piano chamber music is an optional 4th class during both sessions, open to students age 9+ who are at the Kuhulau Sonatina in Book 3 or above. This class is offered in addition to the regularly scheduled three classes: individual lesson class, repertoire review class, and Orff/improvisation class. Piano chamber music students play duets during classes and join other students in ensembles. All groups perform in a final piano concert. A list of required non-Suzuki chamber music to be studied will be sent to registered students after May 5th. Students must purchase their own copies of this music. Piano Chamber Music has limited enrollment. May 1st is the deadline to register for chamber music.

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String Chamber Music and Orchestra

String chamber music is open to string students age 9+ who are in Violin Book 4, Viola Book 3 or Cello Book 3. Ensembles are formed with each student playing one on a part. Student ensembles perform once during the session.

The daily schedule for chamber music students will include 4 classes: individual lesson, repertoire review class, orchestra, and ensemble. Students participating in the string chamber music program are encouraged to attend both sessions for an extended experience, however ensembles will be formed in both sessions.

There are 2 orchestras each session: “Haydn” for the younger students, and “Mozart” for the older students. Both orchestras perform in the final concert on the last day of each session.

To facilitate the formation of ensembles at camp, string students new to the chamber music program will be asked to submit a recording and questionnaire. Information with music excerpts and more specific instructions regarding preparation will be sent after registration.

Each student who registers for the chamber music program will receive their music via email, two weeks before the start of camp. May 1st is the deadline to register for chamber music. May 8th is the deadline for submission of student questionnaires and recordings. Late registrants may not be placed in a small group but will be allowed to play in an assigned orchestra.

Former students may choose to send a recording showing progress in sight reading skills. Students will be placed in groups corresponding to the sight reading, teacher’s comments, and playing demonstrated on the recording.

Young Readers' Orchestra

This orchestra is for students who are age 7+ and in book 2 or higher of violin, viola or cello. Class meets daily in addition to the regularly scheduled three classes. No recording is required. Each student who registers for Young Readers’ Orchestra will receive their music via email, two weeks before the start of camp. This orchestra performs on the last day of each session.

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